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Emerging Technology — Beyond the Inflection Point

Colorado Convention Center, Playground B

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Science Teacher and Ai Literacy Coach
Connections Academy
Hi! I'm Larisa (pronounced Lareesa) Black. I am a co-founder of the EduGuardians Professional Learning Network, a virtual science teacher, and an AI Literacy Coach. I founded my business, Teach Wise AI, to assist educators in integrating AI into their classrooms effectively. This is a transformative period in education, and I believe it is crucial for all of us to engage in discussions and decision-making regarding AI in education. These tools hold significant potential to enhance learning, but it is essential to understand both their possibilities and limitations.
Sacred Heart Schools Atherton
Instructional Design Coach
Forward Edge/Bethel-Tate
Alyssa Faubion is an Instructional Design Coach at Forward Edge. With a decade of experience in the classroom, Alyssa spent 2 years at the middle school level and 8 years as a high school digital media teacher. She is a Google Certified Educator and enjoys sharing her knowledge of technology and passion for creativity with teachers and students. Outside of education, you will find Farmer Faubs enjoying the family farm and all of the animals that call her farm home. When she doesn’t have her boots on, she enjoys collecting shoes and enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams.
Director of Technology
Saddle River Day School
Laura Hollis has been Director of Technology at Saddle River Day School since 2012 where she is responsible for overseeing all tech-related purchases, campus initiatives and integration projects. At SRDS, she teaches classes in the IDEAS lab makerspace and video production studio, founded the TEDxYouth club, and leads Gorls Who Code. She enjoys collaborating with students and teachers who are interested in using various tech tools to enrich lessons and projects. She lives in Mahwah, NJ with her husband and three sons.
Rutgers. Preparatory School
Chief Global Impact Officer
Saddle River Day School
Peer Collaborative Teacher
Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy
Compositor, Teacher and Prompt Engineer, Paul is an urban educator with a unique vision for the Engineering and Technology. Founder of TACA Community Robotics. He bridges the Urban-Rural divide in teaching technology as a Literacy in community settings. The world is not bilingual, it is are Trilingual, Language arts, code and translation are all part of the new Maker world. For over 15 years, Paul brought Digital Literacy and Robotics to urban spaces and developed community engagement in digital literacy.

Session description

This playground will include a range of emerging technologies and their current impact in classrooms.

Purpose & objective

We will build on the success of the emerging tech playground last year. There are definitely lots of changes in technology and we need teachers to be comfortable/familiar with the tech, and district leaders to be aware of the changes and the potential impact on their schools.

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A lot of tech could change in the next 7-8 months. ChatGPT is not even 12 months old and it is already having a major impact on schools and education.
We will build on the tech resources demo-ed in the playground last year, and include new emerging tech options for schools.

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Supporting research

Much of the emerging tech does not have supporting research. We have started to see a few studies show the benefits. Morehouse college should be back again this year to reinforce their research from last year and show some of the emerging research with neurodiverse students in virtual reality.

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Session specifications

Emergent technologies
Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Change Agent
  • Facilitate equitable use of digital learning tools and content that meet the needs of each learner.
  • Recognize educators across the organization who use technology effectively to enable high-impact teaching and learning.
  • Connect leaders, educators, instructional support, technical support, domain experts and solution providers to maximize the potential of technology for learning.